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Krejcikova downs Ostapenko to reach Wimbledon last four

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2024 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova celebrates winning her quarter final match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko REUTERS/Paul Childs

LONDON (Reuters)

Barbora Krejcikova reached her first Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday with a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Latvian 13th seed Jelena Ostapenko in the battle of former French Open champions.

The Czech 31st seed kept her composure from the back of the court to force her opponent into 35 unforced errors across the match as Ostapenko’s bid for a second Grand Slam title since her first in 2017 unravelled on Court One which, on a rare occasion this tournament, had its roof open.

The 28-year-old will face 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in the semi-finals.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2024 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova embraces Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko after winning her quarter final match REUTERS/Paul Childs

Ostapenko, 27, had power in her serve but struggled to place it, landing less than 50% of her first serve during the opening set. Krejcikova, French Open champion in 2021, broke in the third game and went on to clinch the opener.

Ostapenko rallied to break her opponent in the second set and open a 4-1 lead. However, mistakes once again dogged her game as she went from ruefully smiling one minute and ranting at her coaches in the player’s box the next.

Krejcikova stayed focused and put together a run of four winning games to go 5-4 up. However, she was broken when serving for the match as Ostapenko extended her stay in the tournament a little while the sun peeked through the clouds.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2024 Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova in action during her quarter final match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko REUTERS/Paul Childs

The match went to a tiebreak and a brilliant crosscourt forehand from Krejcikova found the far line to give her a mini-break from which she went on to close out the match, sealing her first win over the Latvian in their four most recent encounters.

“I don’t have any words right now. Just a minute ago, I told myself that I’m going to leave here everything I have and I’m really happy that I did and yeah, it’s a great moment for me,” Krejcikova said on court.

“It’s an unbelievable moment that I’m experiencing right now in my tennis career.”

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2024 Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in action during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/Isabel Infantes

That Krejcikova has won five consecutive matches on grass for the first time in her career is all the more remarkable given she only had three wins on the Tour in February to June this year as she recovered from illness.

“It was a very, very difficult period. It was actually super difficult even before this tournament. I really want to thank my team that is there today,” she added.

“There have been many doubts from inside but also from the outside world, but I’m super happy that I never give up and that I’m standing here right now and that I qualified to be in the semi-finals.”

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